Manchester United and England star Luke Shaw has been speaking about the Three Lions agonising Euro 2020 defeat.
England lost on penalties to Italy after drawing 1-1.
Shaw had scored just two minutes into the game, becoming the first ever Manchester United player to score for England in a tournament final.
But the Three Lions could not hold on, and the familiar heartbreak of penalties came back to haunt the country.
Speaking to the club website, Shaw explained what manager Gareth Southgate said after the game finished.
Shaw explained: “He just said keep our heads up, it’s just one of them. It’s not much he could say apart from, ‘keep your heads up’. He said what a fantastic group everyone is a part of and things are going in the right direction.
“We’re all really gutted and it hurts a lot. The squad in general, the togetherness is definitely there, it’s clear you could see that even after the game with that huddle, the way we were with the lads who missed, we were all together there. We win as a team, we lose as a team, we all lost tonight.”
Shaw added that he was personally gutted by the defeat, having felt in good spirits ahead of the game.
He said: “It is devastating, it’s gutting, it’s not what we wanted. I think we were very confident about today, we felt in a good way, we felt we were going in the right direction with performances. It was devastating, we gave everything we could but we’ve come up short.”
England’s confident mood was matched by a superb start, but the Three Lions could not maintain it. Perhaps Gareth Southgate should have been more aggressive after going 1-0 up and pushed harder for a second goal. Yet credit is also due to Italy who won the midfield battle as the game went on.
Sadly Shaw’s United teammate Marcus Rashford missed one of the penalties, as did incoming star Jadon Sancho.
Both players will need support upon their return to United, and as Shaw will attest, they could not have a better manager to lift them up than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
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